The makers of Big Buck Bunny and Sintel are raising money for a new animated feature film — but the campaign is still far from being completely funded. Read more »
BitTorrent is teaming up with Netgear to give users of its Dropbox competitor Sync an easy way to back up and sync files and folders from mobile devices directly to a ReadyNAS drive. Read more »
Gramofon wants to connect your home stereo system to Spotify, much like many other connected speaker and home audio players. The unique twist? It will also offer shared Wi-fi. Read more »
Netflix may have only signed the peering agreement with Comcast because it had to, but the results clearly show a better performance for Comcast subscribers. Read more »
Mohu’s Channels is gaining basic time-shifting functionality as well as local file playback, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Read more »
Social TV app Zeebox is now called Beamly, and wants to focus more on what happens after a show ends, rather than bug you with trivia during a show. Read more »
Aereo has plans to expand to 50 cities within the next 18 months if it wins its Supreme Court case, reports the Houston Chronicle, which recently got a tour of the Aereo facility there. The company is still keeping mum on current subscriber numbers, but CEO Chet Kanojia told the Chronicle that it’s already profitable in Houston, where it has hardware to serve up to 40,000 subscribers. Aereo has to defend itself in front of the Supreme Court in two weeks.
Chromecast owners just got a few more ways to beam audio to the big screen: Player FM, a podcast app and cloud service that we previously covered on Gigaom, added Chromecast support to its Android app Friday. Also now Chromecast-capable is Rocket Music, an Android music player that includes features like an equalizer and lyrics viewing. Don’t want to listen to your podcasts or music on your TV? Then you can always turn Chromecast into a networked audio player.
Amazons Fire TV impresses with speed and great gaming — but some other important features are still amiss. Read more »
Europeans who buy a new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone will get 6 months of free music with it, courtesy of Deezer. Its just the latest move to give premium music services away. Read more »
Third-party app support is coming to Sonos with the launch of Google Play Music: Users of Google’s music service can now cast directly to Sonos speakers. Read more »
This is pretty cool: Some developers from the Telefonica-owned European mobile carrier O2 have been toying with the idea to use an Android smart watches as a Chromecast remote. The O2 Lab team first used Google’s newly-released Android Wear SDK to build a basic remote control app, and then ported the same app to Sony’s Android-powered smart watch – presumably because they wanted to run it on an actual device as well. Check out the video below:
Chromecast’s home screen has been a never-ending slideshow of pretty pictures ever since the device launched last summer. Soon, Google may add weather forecasts. Read more »
Lyve Minds, the personal media startup founded by former Apple exec Tim Bucher, is opening up pre-orders for its Lyve Home device on April 22nd, according to a newsletter sent out to subscribers Tuesday. Lyve Home, which helps to back up photos and synchronize them across your devices, will sell for $300, and the company just previewed some of its functionality in a stylish new YouTube video. Lyve Minds was previously known as Black Pearl Systems, and Bucher told me all about his plans at CES.
Clips featuring Elmo, Abby and Grover are available on plenty of sites online, but Sesame Go does offer paying users access to a few exclusives. Read more »
Google hasn’t given up on bringing Android to the living room, and it has been working on a very different way to develop and publish apps on TVs. Read more »
Google is reportedly preparing for the launch of a new set-top box dubbed Android TV. Efforts to establish Android in the living room have been a long time coming. Read more »
Amazon is working on a Spotify-like music subscription service, which could launch as early as next month. Read more »
YouTube has delayed the launch of its music service even further. Part of the issue seems to be which videos to show while people play individual songs. Read more »
And the Chromecast apps keeping coming: Music subscription service Rhapsody added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for users to cast any of its 32+ million songs to the TV. Chromecast support also popped up in Rhapsody’s Napster app, which is available in a number of European countries. Rhapsody’s embrace of Chromecast comes just days after Rdio rolled out its support for Google’s streaming stick. Competitor Beats Music has said that it wants to support Chromecast in the future as well, but Spotify is still non-committal.
The little icon that lets you cast videos to the TV screen could soon pop up on many more websites: JW Player is adding Chromecast support to its video player. Read more »
Amazon’s first set-top box does a few things differently that competitors like Roku and Apple TV. Check out our video walk-through to get a closer look at the product. Read more »
Amazon is entering a crowded market with its new Fire TV streaming box. But a focus on kids, and parental controls, could help the company move a lot of devices. Read more »
Amazons set-top box is real, and it’s called Amazon Fire TV. In addition to Amazon’s own streaming service, it also comes with Netflix, Hulu Plus and video games. Read more »
Linkedin co-founder Konstantin Guericke just became partner at Berlin-based Earlybird Venture Capital. Now he wants to help German startups target the U.S. market. Read more »
Amazon is set to announce a TV streaming device to compete with Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast Wednesday. Here’s what we already know about the device and Amazon’s plans for it. Read more »
Comedy Central wants you to watch more Jon Stewart, so it made an app that offers next-day access to full episodes of the Daily Show and other shows on the network. Read more »
U.K. electronics retailer Currys sold a Chromecast every 4.5 seconds on launch day, leading to comparisons with the launch of the iPad. Read more »
Music service Raditaz shut down late last year, promising to relaunch in 2014 with a new product. With a new name and $9.6 million in the bank, it now wants to follow through on that promise. Read more »
Google Now is supposed to anticipate our needs before we search for them, but one of its core features is terribly broken. Read more »
Recent FCC filings point to Amazon’s TV streamer, and suggest that the device is indeed a box, and not a dongle. Read more »
Neil Young’s high-definition portable music player Pono is just about $34,000 shy of hitting $5 million in pledged contributions on Kickstarter, and the project still has 17 days to go. Pono surpassed its $800,000 funding goal on day one, and is now the fourth-most successful Kickstarter project ever in terms of money raised, just behind the Veronica Mars movie, the Ouya game console and the Pebble smart watch.
Amazon has been floating the idea of an ad-supported video offering, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The service would be separate from its Prime Instant video service and not require viewers to have a Prime subscription. There are few details about what kind of content Amazon would make available through such a service, but the company apparently at one point considered to make some of its original content available outside of the Prime paywall. However, an Amazon spokesperson has since told Variety that it tests many things, but has no plans to launch such a service. Coincidentally, Amazon is also looking to launch a TV streaming device next week.
This post was updated on 03/28 with Amazon’s response.
Amazon is getting ready to unveil its TV streaming device next week. Journalists are invited to a press event in New York next Wednesday. Read more »
The Collective, home of the YouTube hit series Video Game High School, has a new co-owner: German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired 20 percent of the company. Read more »
Chromecast can do so much more than just stream YouTube clips and Netflix videos. These five apps show whats possible, and where things could go for the streaming stick. Read more »
Last.fm, the CBS-owned digital music outlet, will close down its streaming radio product by the end of April (hat tip to Engadget). Last.fm announced in its forums Tuesday that it wants to concentrate on “scrobbling”, meaning music recognition and recommendation, going forward, and that it will rely on YouTube and Spotify for its music player. The move was widely expected after Last.fm rolled out a YouTube-based radio player in January.
Video advertising company Tubemogul wants to raise $75 million through a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Read more »
Remember the time De La Soul offered all of its albums as free downloads — only to see the server hosting those downloads go down under the load of excited fans? That won’t happen with the pioneering Hip Hop group’s new digital project: De La Soul has teamed up with BitTorrent to release a new mixtape called Smell the DA.I.S.Y. as a free BitTorrent bundle download. The release is in support of the J Dilla Foundation, which supports music programs in inner-city schools.
Crackle isn’t crackling anymore in the U.K.: The Sony-owned video service will close shop in the market by the beginning of April. Read more »